Where: Portland, Oregon, about a three-hour drive south of downtown Seattle.
Why: The fifth annual Feast Portland festival (9/15–9/18; prices vary; feastportland.com), where chef-obsessed food lovers gather for more than 40 events in a city known for its explosive food scene. Happenings include hands-on classes in cooking, making cocktails, and even how to style and shoot your grub for Instagram, plus tasting events galore.Ticket sales benefit the nonprofit Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon—but many events (such as Saturday’s Smoked!)—sell out in a flash.
Walking Orders: Work off your feast by exploring one of the city’s beautiful parks. Take a hike through northwest Portland’s Forest Park (forestparkconservancy.org) to the crumbling stone Witch’s Castle, a spooky structure many claim is haunted. Or stroll through Washington Park, immediately to the south of Forest Park, stopping to smell the roses—8,000 plants and 600 varieties of them—at the International Rose Test Garden (portlandoregon.gov/parks)